Intel adds 5GHz and 5G to its Tiger Lake notebook processors

Intel announced its first 5GHz 11th-gen Tiger Lake-U Core chip for notebook PCs on Sunday night, complementing it with the company’s first 5G module designed specifically to work with its existing Wi-Fi 6E technology. The announcement was tied to Computex, the Taiwan hardware showcase, which has been replaced by a virtual event for the second straight year.

Specifically, Intel announced two new processors, the 2.9GHz Core i7-1195G7 and the 2.5GHz Core i5-1155G7. After boosting the i7-1195G7 using Intel’s Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, the chip can reach a clock speed of 5GHz. 

Both new chips fall into what Intel is calling its “UP3” category—what was known previously as “U” series of chips that are designed for general-purpose notebooks. Intel said that more than sixty designs based on the Intel Core i7-1195G7 and Intel Core i5-1155G7 are expected by this holiday season, with laptops from Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and MSI available this summer. Nearly 250 designs powered by 11th-gen Intel Core U-series processors are expected by this holiday season, Intel said in a statement. 

Otherwise, little has changed. The new additions bring the number of Intel Tiger Lake-H UP3 chips to seven, in addition to the five Intel launched last September.  In our review of the first mobile Tiger Lake chips, we found it went toe to toe with AMD’s Ryzen 4000 mobile processors. In part, that’s because of the chip’s SuperFIN transistor design, which rolls up significant performance improvements.

Intel has also launched two variants for mobile gaming: the so-called ”Tiger Lake H35” chip for ultraportable gaming PCs, and the full-fledged 11th-gen Tiger Lake-H cores for traditional gaming laptops. (And yes, Intel’s Tiger Lake-H holds its own in our review, too.) See our list of 11th-gen Tiger Lake-H laptops for more about upcoming products.

Here’s the breakdown of all of the new Intel Tiger Lake mobile chips for general-purpose notebooks, as supplied by Intel.

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All of the 11th-gen Core UP3 mobile processors Intel has announced to date. The new additions are highlighted in yellow.

Performance continues to increase

Intel has made claims about its relative performance before, but provided some new benchmarks for comparison. Here’s how it sees the new Core i7-1195G7 shaping up to the competition, the Ryzen 7 5800U. It’s important to note, however, that Intel’s chip is running at between 28W to 35W, while the Ryzen is operating at between 15W to 25W. More power generally equates to higher performance.

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Intel claims that its faster Core i7-1195G7 widens the gap over AMD.

Intel also included a list of how it expects its new chip to perform on content-creation tasks, too. In both gaming and content creation, a processor will benefit from driver optimizations as well as the general design and speed of the processor itself. But content creation brings with it other “soft” advantages, too, namely specific functions that processor vendors can accelerate directly within hardware. Intel provided a long list of specific functions that its Tiger Lake chips perform in hardware and the Ryzen chips do not, most involving the H265/HEVC codec. This, in turn, has dramatic effects on content-creation benchmarks, Intel claims.

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